Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ron Johnson: Restrict Travel From Africa

Obviously, the Obama administration is making terrible decisions when it comes to the public health.

Obama doesn't seem to grasp the deadly seriousness of the Ebola situation.

Ron Johnson does get it.

From WISN:

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is calling for the U.S. to increase efforts to combat the Ebola virus domestically and fight the Islamic State group abroad, while criticizing the Obama administration's handling of both crises.

During an interview Tuesday, the Republican told the Leader-Telegram that the federal focus needs to shift away from addressing climate change. Instead, he said the U.S. should bar people who have been to African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak in the past 30 days from entering the county or place them in quarantine for 21 days.

"That's kind of the minimal action we should be taking," Johnson said. "We need to protect ourselves against even the current situation, but we certainly need to protect ourselves against an even worse situation, and we're not doing enough right now."

The current strategy of questioning people who are traveling from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the West African countries that have been hit hardest by Ebola, isn't working to protect Americans, according to Johnson. Travelers who are seeking access to U.S. health care aren't likely to give honest answers to the questions, he said.
Johnson is right.

Trying to isolate the virus and prevent outbreaks in the U.S. through travel restrictions is the minimal action we should be taking to protect Americans from this deadly threat.

It's a no-brainer.

But Johnson has been involved in supporting federal budgets that attempted to cut funding for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Democratic Party spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff.

"Ron Johnson is someone who has stood in the way of making progress and making sure our country is prepared to handle a global health crisis," Baldauff said.
What a crock!

Johnson has not been part of any effort to cut funding to deal with an Ebola epidemic in the U.S. Positively absurd!

The Democrats are playing politics with this. It's shockingly irresponsible.

Some Republicans, like Mitch McConnell, are joining Democrats in their irresponsibility.

Fighting Ebola and protecting Americans from deadly disease should be something politicians from both parties should support.

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